Gilbert William Harold Puder
July 11th, 1959 – November 12th, 1999

Gil Puder, RIP By Dana Larsen


Gil Puder, R. I. P. by Richard Cowan

A Great Loss For The Anti-Prohibitionist Movement,
An Even Greater Loss For Canadian Law Enforcement.
November 15, 1999 Vancouver, B. C.

One of my objectives on returning to Vancouver was to meet with Gil Puder. On my last trip, I was surprised to learn that he had had cancer, but the prognosis was supposedly optimistic.

It really is hard to imagine how anyone could have looked healthier than he did when I met him at the Drug Policy Foundation conference in Washington, last May. He was a natural athlete, who took pride in staying fit. He was a very impressive individual.
The 12th Annual Drug Policy Foundation Conference
A Headless Movement or Horizontal Organization? Analysis By Richard Cowan

Consequently, the word of his death at the age of 40 was all the more stunning.

Puder burst onto the drug war debate scene last year when the then Vancouver Police Chief tried to silence his criticism of prohibition at a conference sponsored by the Fraser Institute, a Vancouver libertarian think-tank.
Vancouver Constable Calls For The Legalization Of Marijuana Over Objections of Chief!

This heavy-handed effort backfired and got him national media coverage in Canada.
Criticism Of Prohibition By Vancouver Constable Gets National Coverage,

Partly Thanks To Chief's Censorship: 2 Articles

His paper's title, Recovering Our Honour: Why Policing Must Reject the War on Drugs, indicates both why the chief wanted to silence him, and why his death is such a great loss for Canadian policing. Puder really understood what was going on in Canadian drugs law enforcement. Will there be anyone else with the courage to challenge the party line?
"Why is it that SWAT teams are being used on a daily basis, sometimes several times a day for drug raids for marijuana?"
Constable Says "gateway theory has been repeatedly refuted by scientific research, and is simply an unethical scare tactic."

A mutual friend was standing in the back of an auditorium where Puder was speaking There were several Vancouver narks also in the back making snide comments about how Puder was a traitor to the police, and were generally acting like ill-mannered children. Gil was hardly going to be intimidated by superannuated class bullies, but it will not be so easy for others.

I understand that God needs more angels, but I hope that He will at least keep Gil on the beat here in Vancouver, especially reaching out for the souls of his fellow constables.

To get some measure of the loss see
Prohibitionist Calgary Sun Does Friendly Story About Anti-Prohibitionist Vancouver Constable
Three Prominent Canadians Call On Attorney General To Tell Police To Stop Enforcing Cannabis Prohibition
Criminologist Defends Constables Call For Legal Marijuana: "Alcohol and tobacco much more harmful than cannabis."
"Current Drug Policy In Canada
(Imported From US And Diluted For The Gentler Canadian Psyche) Is Just Not Working"
A System That Makes Criminals Of Little Old Ladies
Who Dare To Grow A Few Cannabis Plants For Their Own Use

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